By Taylor | February 22, 2011
Taylor Altier, Meet Ohio State.
My name is Taylor Altier, as you’ve read twice already, and I am a freshman at THE Ohio State University, currently double-majoring in Film Studies and English. In a nutshell, I was raised in Small Town, South Carolina and yes, I have a slight country accent. I have one brother and one sister; one mother and one stepfather. My puppies are the love of my life and I couldn’t be more addicted to movies. I’m shorter than short, with brown hair and blue eyes. I have aspirations to be a filmmaker and screenwriter. I am technically a published author. Google Hostess by Taylor Altier. That’s me and my first work.
Now … I capitalize all the letters in the word “the” from the first sentence for a reason, as many people do. Mainly because my paw paw would scold me if he read this and I didn’t. But also because of my relation to this university.
Most of my immediate family was born and raised in Ohio, including my mother, Amy. So we’ve been Ohio State Buckeyes since I was born, watching all the football games every season, even when we lived in SC. THE Ohio State University became a big deal because Troy Smith attended here, as did James Laurinaitis. To attend such a great school as those great players did – not to mention getting in when I was from an extremely small school in an extremely random state – would be the best thing I could do for my future, making my mother proud.
And it wasn’t any Ohio State school. It was THE Ohio State.
Now I am a brand new freshman in this big city school in a brand new state (it’s a big city to me.) It’s a lot like deja vu from being a freshman in high school. Older kids still shout “freshman!” while going down the street. I am still completely lost as to where everything is. I still use the buddy-system – sometimes multiple buddies – to make sure I’m never alone in this big scary campus.
Ok … It’s really not that bad. I know what the Oval is and I know what it means when you say the corner of Lane and High. I’ve participated in the Mirror Lake Jump and I know how to operate swipes. And I walk the majority of places alone ….. in the daytime.
The only thing I’m extremely new to and will take some time adjusting to is – you guessed it – your weather. I’ve never been in capris one day then pulling out the snow boots again the next day. It was great actually getting to experience snow, but not snow, ice, wind, cold weather, warm weather, cold weather again, and – if I’m not mistaking – there was a tornado warning my first week here. SC consisted of chilly, not cold, winters, warm springs beginning in February, and hot summers.
Why, you ask, would I go from this:
Well, because it’s THE Ohio State University. Maybe not to you, or to the people who have lived here their whole lives. But to me and my family, it’s all-caps worthy. And now, it’s my honor to get to write about it for the actual university. Continue reading to learn how funny it is when I entered into this school with a southern accent, a deep tan, t-shirts and shorts, and how I purchased my first actual coat at eighteen years old.
Cause let me tell you, adapting to Ohio is no joke.
Welcome to Ohio picture: my own
Myrtle Beach picture: http://www.2cleancutguys.com/moving.php
Snowy Car picture: http://www.chevymalibuforum.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1734